Safety Tip of the Week – Loading Dock Safety

Loading docks are hubs of activity in manufacturing plants, warehouses, industrial buildings, and distribution centers.

Loading Dock Hazards:

The loading dock area must be inspected regularly to identify potential hazards that may include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls caused by floor conditions, poor housekeeping, or dock edge;
  • Forklifts overturning;
  • Pedestrian and powered truck collision;
  • Trailer creep, which can cause a gap between the trailer and dock;
  • Moving unsecured loads;
  • Struck by and being crushed by an object or load;
  • Back injuries from improper lifting or carrying;
  • Inadequate lighting especially in the trailer; and
  • Carbon monoxide exposure from truck and powered material-handling equipment.

Controlling Loading Dock Hazards:

You can reduce loading dock hazards by:

  • Shutting off engine and engaging the brake while loading or unloading vehicle; • Preventing trailer creep by using wheel chocks and vehicle restraints;
  • Painting the edges of the loading dock to improve visibility;
  • Providing physical barriers at dock edges when not in use;
  • Ensuring dock plates have appropriate capacity, stability, and proper placement; • Preventing employees from riding on material handling equipment;
  • Providing adequate lighting at the dock and in trailers;
  • Shrink-wrapping loose product for transport or storage; and
  • Maintaining good housekeeping and cleaning up the area regularly.
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